Work

Dan Von KohornInvestor & Builder

I am CEO of v2 Ratings, a Principal of Beta Fund, and a Director at Mediatech Capital Partners.  I have founded several companies, served as CTO, and been an investor and advisor many times.  I focus on  investment management, machine learning, and decision-support systems.

Previously, I ran a commodity fund for 7 years and developed investment signaling for global equity funds for 9 years. In 1999, I founded ThoughtStore, a web-based market for intellectual property licensing which was acquired with mixed results 16 months later.  I began my career as an analyst in the Fixed Income Applied Research Group at JP Morgan Investments.

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Princeton University, ’97. Economics, Applied and Computational Mathematics.


Experience


v2 Ratings
January 2014 – present: Founder, CEO


Beta Fund
July 2012 – present: Founder & Principal
Chestnut Hill, MA


Mediatech Capital Partners
July 2002 – present: Director, Technology Investments
July 2001 – July 2002: VP
New York, NY

  • Corporate finance, M&A, strategic, and operational advisor.
  • Public and private clients.
  • 60+ projects including acquisitions, financing, restructuring.

Apt Capital / VKRA
January 2012 – present: Founder & President of Apt Capital
August 2005 – May 2013: Portfolio Manager of Commodity Investment LP
August 2002 – December 2011: Vice President of VKRA
Chestnut Hill, MA & Westport, CT

  • Portfolio Manager of commodity fund for 7 years
  • Responsible for trading, R&D, operations, compliance
  • Member of two-person Investment Committee for three investment limited partnerships.
  • Software engineer with focus on data acquisition and quantitative signaling: relative value, time series, yield & premium curves, fundamental valuation, statistical arbitrage, and efficient frontier modeling.

Beacon Angels
January 2006 – January 2013: Co-founder
Boston, MA

  • Built a community for fast-growing companies and active private investors.
  • Chair of the Screening Committee for 7 years.
  • Deal sourcing, due diligence, & technology focus.

AnIdea Corporation
Sept. 2000 – Sept. 2001: Chief Strategic Officer of AnIdea Corp.
May 1999 – Sept. 2000: Founder & CEO of ThoughtStore, Inc.
New York, NY

  • Founded ThoughtStore, an online intellectual property licensing exchange.
  • Served more than 600 individual and institutional IP portfolio managers.
  • Sold ThoughtStore to AnIdea Corp.
  • Licensed system to Lucent Technologies for license management of software products from Bell Laboratories.

Winged Keel Asset Management
Oct. 1998 – Jan. 2000: Director of Research
New York, NY

  • Responsible for the asset allocation, investment research, and performance measurement for the firm.
  • Developed automated systems for asset allocation, documentation, and client-ready presentations.
  • Built automated notification tools to streamline client communications.
  • Built automated marketing reports to identify cross-selling targets and improve sales pipeline visibility.
  • Technology Committee chairman, Executive Committee member.

JP Morgan Investments, Fixed Income Group
July 1997 – Oct. 1998: Analyst
New York, NY

  • Primary responsibility for development of Broad Market and Tax Aware Frameworks (fixed income asset allocation models). The models produced portfolios optimized by excess or absolute risk and return characteristics, with optimal bet sizes and turnover rates for strategic and tactical management of duration and sector allocations. Tax Aware Framework additionally considered income and capital gains tax rates.
  • Produced 19 custom pitches with asset allocations, resulting in new or enhanced mandates for $4.2 Billion from institutions, government organizations, and high net worth individuals.
  • Assisted development of relative-value program for security selection in dollar-neutral fund overlay strategy for the Multi-Markets Group, an internal hedge fund.
  • Produced market analytics for pricing and strategy of Muni BMA swaps, duration management of taxable portfolios using derivatives, and crossover trading.
  • Taught employee classes for fixed income analytics, derivatives pricing, and asset allocation.
  • Received the only perfect score on the division-wide annual performance review for 1998.

Education


Princeton University
A.B. in Economics
Certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics
September 1993 – June 1997

  • Graduate courses: Principles of Corporate Finance, Legal and Regulatory Policy Toward Markets, International Macroeconomics, Topics in Applied Economics: Financial Markets.
  • Original Research: Finance: Deviations from MPT, CAPM, and APT, as Applied to Global Equities Indices; Number theory: Order Relations of Infractions.

Online Courses
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2011, Advanced track, 93.1%
Machine Learning, Fall 2011, Advanced track, 100%

Wolfram Education Group
M330: Neural Networks, November 2003

  • Feed-forward Neural Networks and Radial Basis Function, Nonlinear Dynamic Black-Box Modeling, Classification and Clustering with Neural Networks.

Additional Experience

Publications

Public Speaking

  • Panelist, Building Competitive Advantage in the Global Market, Harvard Faculty Club (’08)
  • Guest Speaker, 128 Innovation Capital Group (’08)
  • Guest Speaker, TCN & Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College (’08)
  • Judge, Princeton University Annual Business Plan Competition (’03, ’05, ’06)
  • Guest speaker, Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University (’02)
  • Guest lecturer, Pace University School of Law, LAW 757, Law Seminar: Intellectual Property (’01)
  • Guest lecturer, Baruch college MBA Program, Business Communications (’01)
  • Panelist, New York Law Journal Seminars on the Future of E-Commerce (’00)

Professional Associations

  • Registered Investment Advisor representative (NASD, Series 65) (’99)
  • Member, New York Society of Security Analysts, (’99)

Personal

  • Open source and free software advocate. Github, Apache2::PageKit
  • Favorite technology stack: Python / Django / Neo4j / Twitter Bootstrap
  • Previous favorites: Python on Google App Engine, Linux / Apache / MySQL / Perl (for many years)
  • Basic Japanese and Spanish.